The arts and social justice go hand-in-hand

For the first time in many years, The Rashi School’s choir participated in Kol Haneshama – a Boston-area Jewish day school choir convention. There were seven choirs present from the Boston area, ages Kindergarten through high school. With the intent of raising charitable support for HIAS, a non-profit organization (and former Tamchui honoree) whose mission is to provide humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees, more … Continue reading The arts and social justice go hand-in-hand

The War With Grandpa: Raising our Consciousness about Elders and Examining Stereotypes and Myths

by Stephanie Rotsky, Social Justice Coordinator Eight years ago, The Rashi School made an intentional move to build our school on the NewBridge campus to be part of a multi-generational community. Its move was, in part, inspired by Rashi’s longstanding relationship with Hebrew Rehab in Roslindale – one that began over 20 years ago by five second-grade students and their families with the Mitzvah Makers … Continue reading The War With Grandpa: Raising our Consciousness about Elders and Examining Stereotypes and Myths

Two boys at recess showing a peace sign at The Rashi School, Reform Jewish K-8 Independent School

Chasing Peace on the Playground

Stephanie Rotsky, Social Justice Coordinator This year, I have the opportunity to have lunch and recess on Friday with the first grade and thus I get to hang out with them and the second graders on the playground. Last year, I somehow became the playground photographer on Thursdays (step aside Annie Leibovitz!) moving from one place to another to capture gymnastics moves, climbing adventures, friends … Continue reading Chasing Peace on the Playground

Parents turn to The Rashi School to teach their children Jewish values

At a time when children have access to unprecedented amounts of information and influences, parents are increasingly looking to schools to guide their children to ask critical questions and make informed choices about their actions. Boston is home to an impressive variety of public and private schools, leaving parents with the often daunting task of selecting a school. Many parents don’t consider Jewish day school … Continue reading Parents turn to The Rashi School to teach their children Jewish values

100 Things to Bless Every Day

This past April, during t’filla (daily prayer), our kindergarten students learned that the rabbis teach us that we should thank G-d and find 100 things to bless EACH DAY. One of the first t’fillot that the kindergarten students learned were the Morning Blessings – sometimes referred to as the “miracles of the day.” Every Monday, students were invited to individually share a thank you to G-d. It … Continue reading 100 Things to Bless Every Day

Rashi is an Extension of Everything We Love About Our Temple

By Jessica Carroll, Rashi parent Temple Beth Elohim was a given for us. We knew it was where we wanted to start our Jewish journey with our family.  When Leah, our oldest daughter, was 2, we joined the temple so that we could make sure to get a spot at the preschool, Gan Elohim. I remember my first experience with The Rashi School, when Leah … Continue reading Rashi is an Extension of Everything We Love About Our Temple

Ordination Sermon: Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner Shabbat, June 8, 2013 Reposted from: http://urj.org/about/union/leadership/pesner/ What an honor to offer the ordination sermon in the very spot where Isaac Mayer Wise preached. All the more historic as we recognize the tremendous tenure of Rabbi David Ellenson. Thank you to the leadership, faculty, students, and staff of HUC-JIR, Distinguished clergy and congregational leadership, Cincinnati community, thank you. Most important – … Continue reading Ordination Sermon: Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion

L’Dor V’Dor V’Dor: From Generation to Generation to Generation by Diane Black, Rebecca Friedman, and Jessica Friedman

Read this post from a recent Mayyim Hayyim’s blog entry by Diane Black, Rebecca Friedman, and Jessica Friedman regarding Jessica’s experience immersing before her Bat Mitzvah ******************************************************************************* A few weeks ago, Diane Black, one of our board members and a Mikveh Guide, brought her daughter Rebecca and her granddaughter Jessica to Mayyim Hayyim to celebrate Jessica becoming a Bat Mitzvah. Diane guided Jessica, and Rebecca witnessed. Diane, … Continue reading L’Dor V’Dor V’Dor: From Generation to Generation to Generation by Diane Black, Rebecca Friedman, and Jessica Friedman